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Definition of smiley

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: having a smile : smiling often smiley kids



Definition of smiley (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of smiley in a Sentence

Adjective She's a very smiley kid.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The pair posed for a smiley family photo with their four kids, Patrick, 26, Christina, 29, Christopher, 22, and Katherine, 30, who’s currently expecting a child with husband Chris Pratt. Benjamin Vanhoose,, "Arnold Schwarzenegger Celebrates 73rd Birthday with Ex-Wife Maria Shriver and Their 4 Kids," 4 Aug. 2020 Silver paint was sprayed in the shape of male genitalia, along with the letters BLM (black lives matter), and some smiley faces. cleveland, "Girls spray paint BLM at Morton Park: Fairview Park Police Blotter," 13 July 2020 After sharing a video that gives fans a closer look at her new coif, Destiny uploaded a photo of herself and punctuated that caption with smiley faces and heart emojis. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Ryan Destiny Shows Off Her Sexy New Do," 7 July 2020 Washable masks come in different patterns — including smiley faces and rainbows — and are made of acrylic, nylon and yarn. Hanna Horvath, NBC News, "Best antimicrobial face masks, according to medical experts," 23 June 2020 In addition to Eloise making progress with her speech, Richards also celebrated her youngest's ninth birthday last month alongside a smiley photo of her daughter in front of her cake. Natalie Stone,, "Denise Richards' Daughter Eloise, 9, Recently Said 'Dad' for the 'First Time': 'Greatest Gift'," 23 June 2020 The current Sammy – bloated, hair slicked back, smile a little too smiley – seems contrived. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: The MLB's proposed 48-game schedule is cheap. Lipstick on a pig.," 15 June 2020 Others might hide their true feelings beneath a smiley veneer. Magi Helena, oregonlive, "Horoscope for June 6, 2020: Gemini, lessen your stress; Scorpio, pull out the tact and diplomacy," 6 June 2020 From rocking black polish in 2016 to more recently unveiling album art with smiley faces, statement nails have become a go-to accessory for the musician. Thatiana Diaz,, "Let Harry Styles Inspire Your Next DIY Manicure," 22 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Across the nation, peace signs were as ubiquitous as today's smiley-face emojis. Bob Dyer,, "Iconic image from Kent State shootings stokes the fires of anti-Vietnam War sentiment," 2 May 2020 Two smiley-faced rocks in a Santa Clarita neighborhood are the work of Robert Clarke, the former president of Honda Racing Development. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "Smiley faces and words of hope: One neighborhood finds community can be a rock," 10 Apr. 2020 At others, workers are asked to regularly log their frame of mind with a smiley or frowning face, or track their moods on apps. Chip Cutter, WSJ, "Smile! Your Boss Is Tracking Your Happiness.," 7 Mar. 2020 Braun, 38, captioned his photo, along with a smiley emoji. People Staff,, "Scooter Braun Jokes 'Last Couple of Weeks Have Really Taken a Toll' Amid Drama with Taylor Swift," 16 July 2019 Savannah Streber was a smiley, bubbly eight-year-old, full of personality and spunk. Andrea Cavallier, NBC News, "Sister seeks justice for eight-year-old Savannah Streber killed in 2004 house fire that was ruled arson," 29 Feb. 2020 In fact, she’s smiley, joking, sweet, a little pragmatic and totally generous. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Charlene has made her Md. Walmart Internet famous. But what’s in it for her?," 20 Feb. 2020 An oversized Hirst painting of skulls faces a sunny Takashi Murakami canvas of smiley-faced flowers. Elaine Glusac,, "See ya, Celine. Hello, Gaga. Vegas is getting a millennial makeover as resorts cater to the next generation of hedonists.," 27 Aug. 2019 The series seemed anxious about portraying anything nasty enough to upset the smiley balance. Darren Franich,, "A sweet Good Place finale rescues a frustrating final season: Review," 1 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of smiley


1848, in the meaning defined above


1987, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for smiley


short for smiley face

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The first known use of smiley was in 1848

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17 Aug 2020

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“Smiley.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of smiley

: happy and cheerful : smiling a lot

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